Research Officer, School of Psychiatry

Sydney, Australia
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Psychiatry is widely reputed as the pre-eminent psychiatric research department in the country and one of the leading university groups internationally. The school has received considerable research funds from the NHMRC through project grants and program grants. School members also receive funding from the other national peer reviewed competitive funding bodies such as the Mason Foundation. The School is located at the University’s teaching hospitals at Prince of Wales, St Vincent’s, St George and Liverpool, as well as Justice Health and the Rural Clinical School.

The Research Officer will support two clinical research pilot studies funded by the Neuroscience, Addictions and Mental Health clinical academic group of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research Enterprises (SPHERE) program. The first study will recruit patients with schizophrenia who will be screened for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The second study will investigate the role of the gut microbiome in patients with early and established schizophrenia and related disorders.

Patients for both studies will be recruited from clinical services of the Eastern Suburbs Mental Health service, and will frequently be invited to participate in both studies. The Research Officer will provide support to both studies through assisting with study coordination, data collection, data entry and follow-up. The position will be based in the Euroa Centre, POWH, and travel to other community health centres will be required.

The role of Research Officer reports to the Consultant Psychiatrist/ Associate Clinical Director, and has no direct reports.  

About the role

  • $85-$91k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 8 Months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Part-time


 Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Coordinate the recruitment of appropriate patients to the OSA and/or Microbiome studies, and liaise with other members of the research and clinical teams to ensure recruitment targets are met.
  • Coordinate and manage the collection of clinical data, monitoring of patients’ progress and follow-up of patients.
  • Assist in developing the screening protocols for both studies.
  • Maintain and organise database and facilitate data management for project studies, and ensure quality control
  • Assist with development and submission of grant applications to external bodies to support further research.
  • Assist with preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations regarding the studies and related research.
  • Perform other duties as requested by your supervisor.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Selection Criteria

  • Degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training or experience. Clinical and/or research experience in a mental health setting will be highly regarded.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to maintain effective relationships with patients and families, using welldeveloped interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional relationships with colleagues and a variety of external stakeholders.
  • Experience in data analysis and management, as well as in preparing research data for submission to academic journals.
  • Ability to use initiative and work both independently, as well as part of a team to deliver project outcomes
  • Excellent computing skills, including proficiency in the use of statistical software and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. It is not the 

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Philip Ward


Applications close: 11:00 pm 13th December 2018

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